John McCain Schools the Senate

Senator McCain came in for a lot of criticism in liberal circles the past few days, because he cast a procedural vote to allow the vote for Obamacare repeal to proceed, even as he said he would not support the bill. This was interpreted as hypocrisy because right now, partisan passion is inflamed to the point of erasing benefit of the doubt. So let us extend credit where it is due – John McCain came through – and by voting... Read more

Who do Our Representatives Represent?

Truly, the literal worst thing about this story is how unsurprising it is – for two reasons: KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) – A local official in northern Michigan refuses to apologize for sharing Facebook posts calling for the killing of “every last Muslim” and for nuclear weapons to be used on the world’s 10-largest Muslim-majority cities. Jeff Sieting, the village president in Kalkaska, which is about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, said Monday that he doesn’t owe anyone an... Read more

Act One, Scene One #KingLeer

Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter; Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty; Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour; As much as child e’er loved, or father found; A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; Beyond all manner of so much I love you.

Don’t cry for #Paris

Image by Vlad Loteanu, Panoramio Unlike virtually everyone else of my fellow political travelers yesterday, I was not very miffed by Trump’s (entirely political, not policy-driven) withdrawal from the Paris accords yesterday. The reason is that Paris was nothing more than a fig leaf for the developing countries to do absolutely nothing. India and China in particular are taking action towards their “goals” under Paris, but those goals fall well short of the 2°C target for... Read more

Why I changed my mind about Gorsuch, in 4 tweets

if dems dont filibuster Gorsuch: he is confirmed, next vacancy trump nominates a scalia clone, dems filibuster, GOP goes nuclear /1 — Aziz H.Poonawalla (@azizhp) March 30, 2017 therefore, outcome if dems dont filibuster: gorsuch confirmed, scalia clone confirmed, SCOTUS moves right, senate goes nuclear /2 — Aziz H.Poonawalla (@azizhp) March 30, 2017 if dems do filibuster: GOP goes nuclear, gorsuch (probably) confirmed, scalia clone nominated for next vacancy, confirmed /3 — Aziz H.Poonawalla (@azizhp) March 30, 2017 therefore, if... Read more

Let’s Make America America Again!

Welcome to Aziz for America! This campaign is about you, not me – about We, the people, and the ideal that government should be Of, For, and By that people. There is only one people – not red and blue, not liberal and conservative, not white and black. If we will it, we are Indivisible. We are One Nation. America is Great. That is because America is an idea – it is the Proposition that certain truths are self-evident: all... Read more

The Potential Purple Majority

2016 Presidential Election cartogram – color represents county vote percentage, area adjusted by EC total The outcome of the 2016 election was a coin-toss, dictated by margins of only 10,000 votes in a handful of counties in a few rust belt states, despite a historically-high margin of victory in the popular vote. I am no proponent of the National Popular Vote or abolishing the electoral college entirely, because these solutions are still first-past-the-post. However, electoral strategy,... Read more

Primary colors, not purple politics: part 2

The Women’s March in Washington D.C. on Jan 21, 2017 This is a guest post by Mozi. Scond post in a series. A quick thought on normalcy and the moment: I still believe in polls and data, but done right and properly contextualized. Those things ought to inform action, not dictate it. To put it in relatable terms, Bill Clinton’s instincts in the final stretch of the 2016 — counseling to no effect that HRC needed... Read more

Primary colors, not purple politics: part 1

This is a guest post by a writer who will go by Mozi. This is the first post in a series. Source: national survey by Pew Research Center conducted Feb. 7-12 among 1,503 adults – Summary; PDF There’s a lot to dig into here, but the first chart (see: right) is likely the most important. Note that the partisans of the President in power tend to like that President pretty well, and pretty consistently — from Reagan to Trump, an... Read more

this doesn’t stop here

3 Million people marched yesterday. That is the same margin by which Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the popular vote. It is a resounding repudiation of any mandate that Trump will falsely claim. Trump didn’t even pretend he speaks for the nation in his inauguration speech; now the nation has spoken for itself. The real nation, all of it, not just the strategic pockets of demographics that gave Trump his narrow EC edge. The Right doesn’t understand what happened... Read more
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